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RAM'ible (MacBook Pro RAM Upgrade)

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My early 2011 MacBook Pro only came with 4GB of RAM.  For most people, 4GB is plenty of memory, but I am running AutoDesk Inventor in Boot Camp, and it takes up a bunch of RAM.  I decided to do some research on the best way to increase my memory for the least amount of money possible while keeping my machine safe.

What you will need:
-a 13" MacBook Pro from 2010, 2011, 2012
-two matching RAM chips
-precision screwdrivers
-small glass jar or other small container

I upgraded my RAM at TechShop Menlo Park.  They had all the tools that I needed to complete the job, and they have lots of people who work and/or hang out there that are very knowledgeable and helpful in case anything went wrong with my installation.

http://www.techshop.ws
 
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Step 1: Buy your RAM

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I did a search on Google for "early 2011 MacBook Pro RAM" and the first link to pop up was Crucial.com.  After doing a little research, I discovered that they had pretty good customer satisfaction and reliability ratings.

There are a lot of rumors going around on the interwebs claiming that the MacBook Pro's that are listed as having 8GB memory restrictions can really handle 16GB.  I thought about upgrading to the full 16GB, but a few things deterred me from the 16B.  Number one, I am afraid of my computer overheating.  Second, I was worried that my battery life would suffer with the extra RAM.  And finally, there must be some reason that apple doesn't recommend using the full 16GB.  A computer company would love to advertise a 16GB maximum rather than an 8GB maximum because that would mean that a computer has more potential, I think they would only limit the advertised max to 8GB if there was good reason.

http://www.crucial.com
do you worry about static electricity when you are doing this, or are the ram sticks pretty durable?
jbleazy (author)  amandaghassaei1 year ago
I have done quite a few RAM changes in computers throughout the years, and I haven't had any of them damaged by static charge. I always hold the sticks by the edges when I am handling them, never touching any metal parts on the sticks. So yes, I do worry about static electricity, but I take some precations to protect my investment. Thanks for the question!